Rick Anwyl speaks on the beginning of his career, the value of mentors, and learning how to say “No.”

About the speaker

Prior to joining Son & Sons – a transformational brand design agency, Rick formed the design consultancy Anwyl Ltd. LLC in 2003; previously he founded, and for18 years, operated Executive Arts Inc. (EAI), an Atlanta based Corporate Communications Design firm. In 1994, he founded Elemental Interactive, a technology-based web and software firm, specializing in online investor communications, later sold to Grey Global, Inc. in 1999.

Rick’s extensive experience spans 35 plus years in the graphic communications field. Early in his career Rick gained a reputation as an outstanding conceptual strategist and designer for organizations at a crossroads. His thumbprints are on some of the more notable corporate stories of the last several decades. From the launch of CNN, to the leverage buyout of RJR Nabisco, the IPO of Ralph Lauren and Accenture to the Lou Gerstner turnaround of IBM, the Coca-Cola Company and the Roberto Goizueta era, Rick has been instrumental in quietly helping reshape and redefine brands and the manner in which they communicate. Throughout Rick’s career, his clients’ work has consistently been acknowledged by the industry and featured in virtually every major publication. In 2009 he was honored as an AIGA Fellow; he is a sought after guest lecturer and instructor, and has juried everything from The One Show to the Wynonna Park Elementary 4th grade art exhibition.

Today, among his other activities, he is founder and interim executive director of the Atlanta-based Center for Design Study, a non-profit foundation dedicated to fostering excellence within all disciplines of design practice. The Center believes that through intellectual discourse, education, instruction, and practice the inherent value proposition of thoughtfully applied design may be advanced.

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Ask yourself, ‘Does this need to be said?’ Is what I'm thinking about saying really need to be said. Then ask yourself, ‘Does this really need to be said right now?’ And then, ‘Does this really need to be said right now by me?’ — Rick Anwyl

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